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GDP Status Report


1.  Status Reports


This is the status of the Gentoo Documentation Project. It will be posted regularly, but not with a static frequency. All questions can be posted to or to me personally.

The Gentoo Documentation Project, from now on abbreviated to GDP, has its own project page (just like almost all other Gentoo projects). You can find it at


This status mail will briefly discuss the following tasks, objectives and/or projects related to the GDP:

2.  New Documentation

While we already had a MySQL HOWTO, an MySQL Upgrading Guide has been submitted as well by Michael Kohl and Francesco Riosa.

The description of the various Gentoo stages has also been updated in the Gentoo Handbook to make it easier for the users to understand when to pick a stage1, 2 or 3.

The past month gave quite a lot of updates on existing documentation. After a quick word-count command on the CVS activity in the English documentation repository we see that 94 documents have been updated (of a total of 399), which is almost a quarter of our documents.

Of course, we shouldn't forget all the updates to the other guides, such as spelling and grammar fixes, bugfixes or translations that were reported and submitted to Bugzilla.

An overview of all fixed bugreports since the last status update can be found on Gentoo's bugtracking system.

3.  Converted Articles

To continue our article writing saga, another batch of articles has been converted to the GuideXML format:

4.  GuideXML Improvements

Our GuideXML format has been extended with a few features to make (y)our life/lives easier:

  • Support for definition lists
  • Support for col- and rowspan attributes for table headings
  • Support for epigraphs
  • Support for subscript and superscript
  • Support for marking documents as:
    • outdated (for older release handbooks)
    • an article (adding disclaimer about origin and maintenance)
    • draft
    • obsoleted
  • Support for redirecting users to a new document
  • Support for informing the reader of a translated document that a more recent document exists in the English documentation repository

Those interested in using these features should of course update their stylesheets to the latest version, read the mails on and learn the GuideXML Guide by heart.


Page updated October 18, 2005

Summary: Status report of the GDP project

Sven Vermeulen

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